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PORTO, PORTUGAL - SEPTEMBER 19: Zaidu Sanusi of FC Porto competes for the ball with Ricardo Esgaio of SC Braga during the Liga NOS match between FC Porto and SC Braga at Estadio do Dragao on September 19, 2020 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

 

Nigerian international, Zaidu Sanusi produced a fantastic display on his first start for FC Porto as he provided one assist to help them to a 2-2 draw away at Sporting CP to maintain their push on leaders Benfica, AOIFootball.com reports.

 

Fresh from earning his first Super Eagles cap against Algeria and Tunisia, the former Santa Clara left-back was handed his first league start for the visitors who began life officially without Brazilian left-back Alex Telles who departed for Manchester United.

 

Porto however saw themselves trailing after just 9 minutes when Nuno Santos put Sporting 1-0 up much to the disappointment of the visitors who saw more of the ball in the opening exchanges.

 

Down and very much still in the game, the visitors found their way back five minutes before the half-hour mark as Sanusi provided an inch-perfect ball to Mateus Uribe with the Mexican making no mistake to turn home for 1-1.

 

Jesus Corona then made it 2-1 to Porto 45 minutes before Sanusi was given his marching orders moment later following a second booking.

However, the Nigerian’s dismay was shortlived as the VAR ruled in his favour and the card was canceled after review.

 

Second-half substitutes Luciano Vietto then ensured the points were shared as he scored the equalizer three minutes from time as Porto remains in the second position, level on points with Sporting after 4 round of matches.

 

Sanusi finished with a rating of 7.4 as he made 6 clearances, 2 interceptions, and tackles each, made 2 key passes, won 5 duels, and also completed 70% of his passes.

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